The Whitsundays | Things to do

You’ll be captivated by these 74 picture-perfect islands, home the iconic Whitehaven Beach, and the impossibly perfect Heart Reef.

Sail the Whitsundays

Be the captain of your own bareboat on a sailing adventure or let someone else do the work with a fully crewed charter. Take a day cruise through the islands or drop anchor in a secluded bay and spend the night on the boat. Rub shoulders with the yachties at the annual Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing and Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Show me more Whitsunday events

Islands

Check into a luxury resort or family-friendly apartment on busy Hamilton Island or kayak around the Ngaro Sea Trail and stop off to camp on uninhabited Henning or Hook islands. Zip around the islands by jet boat with Ocean Rafting and swim at stunning Hill Inlet on Whitsunday Island.


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Great Barrier Reef

The Whitsundays sit in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, so you can snorkel straight from the beach on Hook and Dumbbell islands. Get your scuba-diving certificate in Hamilton Island’s Dolphin Pool or stay dry and see the reef from a glass-bottom boat. Treat yourself to a scenic flight over the magical Heart Reef, a perfectly shaped outcrop on Hardy Reef.

Beaches

It’s consistently named as one of the best beaches in the world, and no visit to the Whitsundays is complete without burying your toes in the powdery sands of Whitehaven Beach. Don’t miss the eight beaches around Bowen, where you can walk right from the sand on to the reef. 

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Kiana Sail and Dive the Outer Great Barrier Reef and Islands

Multiple Locations
Sail and Dive the Outer Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands on their 16.4 metre ketch and enjoy your first dive for free. Kiana is the only vessel in the region that caters for small numbers to the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Abell Point Marina

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Abell Point Marina (APM) located in the heart of the Whitsundays has emerged as one of the premier boating destinations on the east coast of Australia. Having received a multi-million dollar facelift over the last five years, APM is realising its vision to be Australia's most vibrant destination marina.

Fat Frog Beach Cafe

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Fat Frog Beach Cafe is known as one of Airlie Beach's most loved local hangouts. Busy and bustling, with an atmosphere that is funky, friendly, unique and quirky. You'll find an eclectic team who truly delight in creating an atmosphere that is genuinely warm and welcoming.

Clipper Restaurant Bar and Lounge

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Enjoy stunning sunset views and cocktails on a private jetty. Positioned on the absolute ocean front the Coral Sea Resort's, Clipper Restaurant, Bar and Lounge boasts the best dining position in Airlie Beach.

Skydive Cairns

Multiple Locations
Skydive Australia is the largest and most professional skydive company in Australia. And offers thrill-seeking tourists from around the world the perfect excuse to jump out of a plane over five of the most breathtaking and unique locations around Australia.

Whitsunday Jetski Tours

Multiple Locations
Multi award winning Whitsunday Jetski Tours offers exciting adventure tours in the Whitsundays and is the first and only guided jetski tour operating from Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach to the Whitsunday Islands.

coca chu

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
With a fun, fresh menu inspired by the hawker-style street food of South East Asia, coca chu offers a fun, relaxed, family-friendly vibe and a peaceful location overlooking the beautiful Catseye Beach.

Providence Sailing

Multiple Locations
They are a small business - husband and wife. They own two boats: the beautiful classic schooner Providence V a 62-ft gaff-rigged schooner which offers day and sunset sails in the Whitsundays and the elegant French yacht MiLady a 54DS Jeanneau.

A Cruise for Couples - Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

Multiple Locations
Whitsundays Sailing Adventures (WSA) offers the most diverse range of quality crewed sailing and diving tours in the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Their fleet of owner operators have a high focus on crew standards, fantastic food, personalised service and a truly individual and unique experience.

Bommie Restaurant

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
Situated in the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the award-winning Bommie is one of the most superb places to eat on the island. Enjoy a glass of champagne and fresh, local cuisine while gazing out over the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.
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